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2021 SPE Annual Conference: Imagining Legacy: Archives, Collections, and Memoria

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SPE South Central Chapter includes:
Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas

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Vice Chair/Secretary Rebecca Drolen
Treasurer Kristy Peet
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To Be Continued...

- Virtual, Conference   |   October 22 - October 25, 2020

To Be Continued… 

Photography has a complicated history. In its infancy, the medium was used as a tool to support imperialistic imaginations and desires. Yet, the medium has also been subversive in time. Through photographs, we can precisely locate those sinister slippages when photography has been used to oppress or harm and to name them for what they are. Photography remains ambivalent: it can cause harm or it can incite a revolution. The 2020 SPE South Central Chapter conference comes at a moment when current events remind us of the value of critical self-examination. We have been prompted to search for correctives, and we have a responsibility to acknowledge how the photographic medium is implicated in inciting, memorializing, and perpetuating patriarchal and white supremacist ideologies and practices.

To Be Continued… was chosen as a theme to acknowledge this gathering as a chance to speak openly about institutional failures, reparation, and reconciliation. To wield a camera is akin to wielding privilege; both acts command power. Such agency has been historically reserved for and credited to white practitioners. This year's programming is dedicated to de-centering the historically dominant voices of our field and our professional organization. The planning committee seeks to amplify the voices and professional practices of our region's Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community members. 

Our work towards equity must push far past empty statements of solidarity and social media trends. To Be Continued… aims to facilitate a public conversation concerning the inherently political nature of art-making and art education and the marginalization and oppression of individuals in pursuit of those endeavors. We can sit on our hands and imagine a truly just world, but continued action is our only way of getting there.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS - due Friday, August 21, 2020 

The Society for Photographic Education - South Central Chapter calls for proposals for the 2020 chapter conference, which will be held virtually on Oct. 22-25. 

To Be Continued…  is a call for artists, students, and educators to participate in this vital conversation. Proposals are sought from artists, artist/activists, educators, and historians whose work is directly related to the theme. Priority will be given to presenters with regional ties.

Proposals may include: 

  • individual artist lectures
  • panel discussions
  • presentations on pedagogy and teaching
  • workshops
  • art historical perspectives 

Proposals that emphasize dialogue and engagement with participants are desirable. 

Proposals should include a title and 200-word abstract that includes a brief description of the topic and structure of the presentation. Artist lecture proposals should include 5 representative images and a link to the artist's website. 

In addition to formal presentations, a new element of this year's conference will be a number of participatory dialogues, for informal and open discussion of questions posed by SPE members. Questions and facilitators will be solicited through the registration process. 

To submit a proposal, complete the Google form:

_SPE membership is required to present, but there are a limited number of scholarships for presenters who are not current members of SPE.

_If you have questions or want to be more involved in the planning process, please email

_Conference Chairs: Amanda Breitbach, Rebecca Drolen, Alec Kaus & Rana Young
_Conference Committee Members: Michael Darough, Diane Durant, Rebecca Hopp, Chris Ireland, Cynthia Miller, Heather Wetzel

Photograph copyright Zora Murff, 2020

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